hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating 1-23-2009 (Bottle at Fort Wayne Gathering) This beer pours a small light brown head that had poor retention, very little lacing, opaque body, and a black-brown hue. The Aroma is cherries, bourbon, chocolate, and earthy. The Flavors consist of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, boozy, and bourbon. The Mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, the flavors are nicely balanced and definitely worth trying. I would drink this beer again and it is a beer I recommend.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This score is from my backlog at a different site. Full reviews written for all new beers tasted.
stevencon (517) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at proof. Black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma chocolate covered cherries and wood. Taste lots of sour cherries and chocolate finished with wood pulp.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Proof. Porch black pour with a frothy brown head. Sweet bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet chocolate, light roast and subtle cherry with notes of booze, already way better than the base beer. Sweet chocolate covered cherries up front with sweet vanilla, bourbon oak with the cherries coming in for a quick tart ending. Medium thick bodied with no hot booze. Way better than the base beer. Great stuff.
jbruner (3190) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black on tap with pillowy reddish brown head and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate. Taste follows with a hint of cherry that cuts the bourbon and gives you a birthday cake flavor. Delicious.
DesertDevil (673) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap during the Bellís Eccentric Cafe Day at the Hungry Monk. Big, boozy, bourbon nose with slight dark cherry, hint of oak, and some sour acidity. Pours a clear midnight black with a filmy tan head. Taste of sour cherries early with a very smooth woody finish. Slightly sour aftertaste is the only bourbon flavor despite the aroma. Tart, sticky mouthfeel with a smooth dry finish. Better than the keg of 2012 Black Note also on tap at the event, but not quite cohesive enough to be labeled a canít-miss barrel-aged stout.
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you like the batch 9000 Bourbon from bells, youíll love this too. The cherry cuts a bit of the Bourbon flavor, but itís awesome
hardypc (38) - - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting selection that proved that beers can take you on a wild and wonderful journey of taste in ways that you may have never thought of before. A subtle hint of cherry in this dark stout is sure to please the pallate.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured black with a nice tan head. Aroma and flavor were mildly tart cherry (more restrained than I thought itíd be), some chocolate, molasses, lots of sweet malt. Barrel aging adds lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a mild woodiness. Thick mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this.
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 On tap at crunchyís in east Lansing. I am not a huge fan of the original cherry stout. However, the BB fixes everything I donít like about the original. The bourbon and vanilla tone down the super tart cherry flavor and sweeten up the malt. Delicious.